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Application Information

In order to be considered for many IUPUI competitive scholarships, you must fill out a scholarship application (via the online process).

You can contact us by emailing us at escholar@iupui.edu or by calling (317) 274-5516 if you have question.

Instructions for completing the application:



1. Once you are at www.onestart.iu.edu, log in with your University ID and Password.


2. Once inside Onestart, you want to click on "Student Self Service" on the left navigation bar.

3. You then want to click on "IUPUI and IU Foundation Scholarship Application" Link within the under the "Financial" Header

Now, you can apply for many scholarships in one place, at one time!


Tips for Applying

  • Apply for admission early! In order to be considered for IUPUI scholarships, you must be admitted to IUPUI by the scholarship deadline.
  • Submit only a typed or neatly printed (in black ink only) application.
  • Make sure you use your grammar and spell check on your computer. It is also a good idea to have another set of eyes review your work to catch any mistakes!
  • Most top competitive scholarships will require an interview during the final selection process. Be sure to dress professionally and be prepared. It is always helpful to have a “script” about your educational goals, how this scholarship will help you achieve those goals, as well as an explanation about the unique qualities you have to offer to the scholarship program.
  • If you can send it by FAX, follow up to make sure it was received in its entirety. Sometimes the transmission doesn't go through, or the receiving end ran out of paper or some other contingency that will jeopardize your chances if you don't follow up.
  • If you are applying at the last minute, make sure your application will be received by the deadline – call to see where to drop off the application or FAX it. Follow up to make sure it arrived. Sometimes, just taking this extra step will demonstrate your seriousness with the details.
  • For those scholarships that do rely on financial need, your FAFSA must be filed by March 1st in order to qualify!
  • Correspond with those who will be writing your letters of recommendation frequently, reminding them of the deadline and answering any questions they may have for you. The more familiar they are with your qualifications, the better the quality of the letter of recommendation!
  • Keep record of the scholarships for which you have applied.
More Tips for Applying

SAT/ACT scores: If you have retaken the SAT or ACT recently, be sure to include a copy of the new test scores, even if you have already supplied these to admissions. The Office of Student Scholarships (OSS) is not responsible for upgrading scholarship offers due to changes in SAT/ACT scores without notification from the student. If the OSS is not notified prior to May 1st, then scholarship offers will not be upgraded due to changes in the SAT/ACT scores.

Essays: It goes without saying that essays should observe the general rules of English. It is also recommended that you put your name on each page of the essay. Cover pages, plastic report covers, etc. are not necessary and will be removed when we process them. Because faculty read the essays to understand you better and gauge your abilities, be sure to edit thoroughly, use spell check, and have someone else review your essay. Originality is encouraged, but observance of grammar rules is even more important!

Interviews: Some of the scholarships require interviews of the final candidates. If you live more than one hour from campus and are selected to interview for a scholarship, you may request a phone interview with the selection committee if necessary.

Recommendation forms: Forms must be completed by a teacher, high school counselor, faculty member or principal who can attest to your character and academic performance. If you have been out of school for some time, you may submit recommendation forms from clergy members or employers. Recommenders cannot be family members. If the recommenders write additional comments on a sheet of paper, this should be on letterhead and sealed with the recommendation form, then sent to our office. Note: Recommendations can be used for multiple scholarships if applicable. However, make sure the eligible criteria for the specific scholarship for which you are applying is reinforced by your recommender.